‘BEETHOVEN: THE COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS’ NOW AVAILABLE FROM ITUNES AND MARQUIS

Mr. Goodyear’s Beethoven box set, Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas is available now from both iTunes and Marquis Classics.
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‘BEETHOVEN: THE MIDDLE SONATAS’ and ‘BEETHOVEN: THE COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS’

Available now! Two new releases from Stewart Goodyear. Both from Amazon.com, Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas and a box set Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas.

Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

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MORE ON ‘BEETHOVEN THE LATE SONATAS’!

Simultaneous with confirmed release date of 14 February 2012 for Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas, Goodyear’s second CD of Beethoven’s sonatas, Gramophone Awards has provided a resounding review of the first CD in the series: Beethoven: The Late Sonatas.
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Count Up

A new composition by Mr. Goodyear, Count Up is a fanfare commissioned to celebrate Paavo Jarvi’s tenth and final season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and also the fiftieth anniversary of WGUC, Cincinnati’s premier classical radio station.

Count Up, Stewart Goodyear – Performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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Beethoven: The Late Sonatas – NEW!

“From this music, I recognized early on that the human spirit and condition is vast and complex, yet clear, direct, and indestructible. As I reached adulthood, my understanding of this music grew deeper and more intense.

Life has given me very personal interpretations of these works, and I humbly share them with the listener.”

Stewart Goodyear
CD 1

Sonata 28 in A major, Op. 101

1I Allegretto, ma non troppo

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2II Vivace all marcia

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3III Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto

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4IV Allegro

Sonata 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)

5I Allegro

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6II Scherzo: Assai vivace

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7III Adagio sostenuto

8IV Introduzione – Fuga: Allegro risoluto

Total playing time: 57:11
CD 2

Sonata 30 in E major, Op. 109

1I Vivace, ma non troppo

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2II Prestissimo

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3III Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung

Sonata 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110

4I Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

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5II Allegro molto

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6III Adagio ma non troppo

Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo

L’Istesso tempo di arioso

L’Istesso tempo della Fuga

Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111

7I Maestoso: Allegro con brio ed appassionato

8II Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Total playing time: 62:24

Catalog MAR 507
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Beethoven Album Cover

Listen to Stewart Goodyear talk about this CD, performing all 32 sonatas in 5 days at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and discussing the correct tempo for the Hammerklavier. Interview with Alexa Petrenko on Classical 96 on 29 September 2010. Approximately 8 minutes

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“Stewart Goodyear has been amassing quite a bit of attention lately, and deservedly so, judging from these vital, communicative, and intelligently stylish late-Beethoven performances. Swift tempos, forward sweep, linear clarity, imaginative yet never mannered inflections, and genuine joy in executing the composer’s volatile dynamic markings all characterize Goodyear’s interpretations.

In addition, a genuine and sincere spirit informs Goodyear’s poetic booklet notes.

An outstanding release, highly recommended.”

Jed Distler ClassicsToday

“…Stewart Goodyear, with Beethoven’s last five sonatas, leaps the summit of the piano repertoire with complete success. Performances have a thrilling energy, mania for details, and brim with interpretive ideas that seem to leap out of the speakers in three dimensions. Is he in the rarefied league of Maurizio Pollini? Maybe. Time will tell.”

David Patrick Stearns Philadelphia Inquirer

“Goodyear’s performance of this most difficult of all of Beethoven’s piano works (The Hammerklavier) is spectacular. He builds up tremendous momentum in the opening movement and finale, and there’s an X factor here that convinces you Beethoven would have wanted the effect of technical mastery of very thorny material that emerges here.”

James Manheim AllMusic

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Elegance and Exquisite Technique

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, pianist and composer, Stewart Goodyear began his training at Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, received a bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and completed a Masters Degree at Juilliard School of Music in New York. Now calling New York his home, Stewart has performed with the major orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many.

Mr Goodyear’s style has strength and drama, elegant and exquisite technique and great emotional depth.

Stewart’s repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin. Known as an improviser and a composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. In 2010, Mr Goodyear performed at a sold out recital of Beethoven Sonatas in Toronto’s new Koerner Hall. The Middle Sonatas were recently released as a two disc set on the Marquis Label.

Stewart Goodyear’s composition, the fanfare entitled Count Up, was performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2011, garnering rave reviews.
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March 2011

“This weekend Goodyear returns (to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) not only as a soloist, but as a featured composer. The CSO will perform his fanfare commissioned by the CSO and WGUC. ‘Count Up starts with 10 cymbal strokes and counts down with two other themes,’ Goodyear explains. ‘It’s my way of saying happy anniversary to the CSO, for Maestro Jarvi and WGUC.’

Goodyear might be making his CSO debut as a composer but the acclaimed pianist has been writing music since he was an 8-year-old student at a choral school in his native Toronto…”

ANNE ARENSTEIN citybeat.com 23 March 2011

JANUARY 2011
Stewart performed with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

“This morning the last of our orchestra headed home in all directions across the country, the reverberations of last night’s packed concert at Leeds Town Hall still ringing in our ears..”